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Summer School 2017 Worcester State University, Worcester, MA June 5 - 8, 2017                         


The 48th Annual New England School of Addiction Studies and the 17th Annual School of Prevention Studies

Worcester State University - Worcester, MA - June 5 - 8, 2017

Downloadable course lists, course descriptions, online state scholarship applications, and online registration are available on this web site, with links under the "Summer School" menu!

Summer School Program

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is a four-day intensive experience for participants to further their knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of substance use disorder services through in-depth coursework.

Individuals may select topic specific tracks where similar topic courses have been grouped together or, if a participant would like to tailor their experiences even more, they may select specific courses from different focus areas. These focus areas have been designed to meet the needs of various audiences. Potential attendees will notice there is programming intended for many different partners in the world of substance use disorder prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery. Whether you are a new addiction counselor, a juvenile probation officer, a recovery coach, or a licensed clinician, you will find unique offerings within this year’s program. Over 80 courses are offered. D

Click below to view downloadable course lists.

For more detailed information about particular courses, click here to view downloadable course descriptions.

Click here to view the daily Summer School general schedule.

The Summer School is appropriate for anyone who recognizes the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. Each year, participants from many disciplines come together to form a unique and diverse learning community.

The School’s comprehensive curriculum offers a wide variety of courses on best practices in the field of addiction services. The School’s nationally and regionally recognized faculty includes instructors who are respected for their accomplishments in the behavioral health field, and also recognized for their training expertise.

Courses have been designed for the extensive demands of today's professionals and their organizations:

  • Certification and licensing
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Behavioral healthcare and primary care integration
  • Recovery oriented care across the continuum
  • And many other current and emerging topics


In today’s workplace, where training time is greatly limited, the valuable experience of attending the intensive Summer School, developing skills and gaining knowledge, and accessing a strong professional network from across New England, can be transformative.

Over the years, our summer programs have been developed to respond to specific needs in our regional workforce. The 17th Annual New England School of Prevention Studies will again be co-located with this year’s program. Participants have the opportunity to attend offerings specifically for treatment, prevention, or recovery support, or courses of interest to all. The Summer School provides wonderful networking and combined learning opportunities for participants working in different areas of the behavioral health services continuum.

We welcome you to be part of our community. If you work in treatment, prevention, recovery services, other social services, healthcare, or a related field, please join us for new knowledge, skills, networking and continuing education credits in June! WELCOME!

Target Audience

The four-day program is a combination of major presentations and courses. Courses provide intensive, skill-based training in research-based programming for all students. The School’s target audience includes persons from all disciplines who are concerned with alcohol, tobacco and other drug related issues, persons new to the field, and persons in behavioral health and allied human services whose activities require a general knowledge of substance use disorders.

School Location

Worcester State University’s 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwestern side of Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts and New England. The campus is a short drive from tranquil forests, hiking trails and beautiful vistas and an even shorter distance from a vibrant city life that offers popular entertainment venues, award-winning restaurants, cultural museums, historic parks, and much more.

Once a destination of choice for immigrants who worked in factories during the Industrial Revolution, Worcester has retained its multiculturalism. Residents of Irish, Italian, Greek, Albanian, African American, and Latino decent are among the ethnic populations that help make Worcester unique today. Worcester has transformed itself into a leader in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care, and medical research. The city continues to revitalize key areas, landmarks and institutions.

Many Worcester and Central Massachusetts natives are responsible, at least in part, for numerous societal changes, technological innovations, scientific and healthcare advancements, and cultural influences in the United States. They blazed trails for Worcester State University students and professors—and those of the 11 other colleges and universities that call Worcester home—to research, analyze and advance for many decades to come. Click here for travel information.

Summer School Program Sponsors

For 48 years, the Summer School program has been a collaborative effort of the New England Institute and partners at the New England state drug and alcohol abuse agencies and training entities. Special thanks to this year's program sponsors for their outstanding assistance with planning, logistics and financial support:

State agency partners:

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Training organization partners:

State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agencies Scholarship Information

A limited number of partial scholarships are offered by most New England State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agencies to support the attendance at summer school by professionals from specific states. Click here to access scholarship applications. 

  • Each state differs in the amount of scholarship offered and the process by which it is awarded.
  • Deadline for scholarship applications varies by state, and deadlines may be viewed below.
  • To assure consideration, it is advised that these requests be sent to the appropriate state agency as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: The school application IS NOT a state scholarship application and the state scholarship application is NOT a school application. These are two separate forms that must be completed and sent to the appropriate agency. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your state scholarship application.

If you apply for a scholarship and will NOT attend if you do not receive scholarship funding, select "Please withdraw if I do not receive a scholarship” on your New England School registration form. Otherwise, you will be responsible for your balance due if you do not cancel your application.

Housing on Campus

Housing is in single bedrooms, charged at the single room rate, unless you and a roommate have selected each other to share a double bedroom. NEIAS will not assign roommates. Housing on campus will be in traditional basic dormitory rooms. Shared restrooms with multiple bathroom and shower stalls will be located on each hallway or within each suite of bedrooms. There are a limited number of rooms available on campus, which will be assigned by processed application date. Participants may reside on campus, or commute from a local hotel or from home. If you would be more comfortable with the kind of privacy or amenities a hotel room provides, we encourage you to make alternate arrangements. There are numerous hotel options in the area, and many have offered group rates for NEIAS participants. Click here for hotel information.

Tuition Costs

Residential Tuition includes:

  • Meals served in the university cafeteria from Monday lunch through Thursday lunch
  • Lodging is provided Monday night through Thursday morning.
  • Lodging will be provided on campus in traditional dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities
  • Program offers up to 31.25 contact hours.


Residential Tuition Cost:

  • Single Bedroom: $920
  • Double Bedroom: $820 per person (shared with another person in a two-bed bedroom; only if you have selected a roommate)
  • (Optional Sunday night stay is an additional $65 - includes Monday breakfast)

Commuter Tuition Costs Includes:

  • Meals served in the university cafeteria (lunch & dinner; no breakfast)
  • Program with up to 31.25 contact hours

Commuter Tuition Cost:

  • 4-Day Commuter: $635
  • 3-Day Commuter: $485
  • 2-Day Commuter: $335
  • 1-Day Commuter: $235

Payment Policy and Deposit

Payment, or payment authorization is due at the time of registration in the form of a credit card, check or money order. We also accept purchase orders and letters authorized by your agency/company. The registration form must indicate complete payment information about how the remaining balance will be paid (credit card authorization, agency purchase order, or agency letter authorizing billing). NOTE: This also applies to people seeking scholarship support. Most scholarships pay only partial school tuition and we MUST have payment information to process your school application.

Checks may be made out to NEIAS and mailed to: NEIAS, PO Box 742., Augusta, ME 04332. Please be sure your name and a reference to Summer School is on the check.

Purchase orders or agency letters authorizing billing may be sent to, faxed to 207-623-0556, or NEIAS, PO Box 742., Augusta, ME 04332.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Scholarship applicants included):


  • Cancellations received in writing by May 26 are fully refunded. Written cancellations may be emailed to or faxed to 207-621-6210. FOR AGENCIES PAYING TUITION: Registrations secured by purchase order or agency authorization letter will be liable for the cancellation and refund policy.
  • No refunds after May 26. (Although agencies may replace attendees with another staff member during that time period).


Registration Substitutions

Agencies wishing to substitute participants may call us at 207-621-2549 or e-mail to or fax 207-623-0556. Please clearly state who is replacing whom. The substitute is required to send a completed Summer School application to the New England Institute at the time a written substitution is being submitted. Substitutes wishing to replace scholarship recipients MUST check with their scholarship funding source.

Grievance Procedure

The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with continuing education ethics, as required by organizations that provide its professional certifications.

Those encountering programmatic or administrative issues on site or during program preparation are urged to contact NEIAS staff immediately, so their issues may be addressed as proactively as possible during the program.

Participants with specific complaints about any aspect of program administration outcomes, including payments, refunds, contact hours, or other issues, are asked to submit their grievance to Denise Adams, Director, at or 207-621-2549. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the director may request review and response from the board of director leadership. Responses may include refund, acknowledgment, apology, or other appropriate measures.

Continuing Education Information

Earn up to 31.25 Continuing Education Credits!

Those attending the complete program, including the Monday morning optional plenary session, will earn 31.25 contact hours. Attendance is possible for the entire full four days or any combination of days, so earned continuing education credit hours will vary depending upon your attendance.

Certification of attendance and continuing education credit are included in the registration fee.

Please check with your local state licensure or certification board about specific certification or licensure questions, or to ensure that your selected classes meet the requirements that you are working toward. Click here for New England state certification and licensure board contacts.

The New England Institute is a recognized Sponsor of Continuing Education Activities by the Maine State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is a pre-approved provider of the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals.  As such, this program is approved for up to 31.0 Continuing Education contact hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Through AdCare Educational Institute, Inc., a co-sponsor: Up to 31 hours of Continuing Education will be offered for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, (LADC I, LADCII, and LADC Assistants, Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAC/CADC).

Prevention Specialists (CPS): Although not all courses are prevention specific training, the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification will accept these credits due to the strong relevance to prevention. This training can be listed under the "Prevention Training Education Requirement" on your application for Certified Prevention Specialist if you wish to use it there. MBSACC designations for prevention specific or ATOD specific courses will be made available.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 31 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensurc, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D72967.

LMHCs: Application will be made for Licensed Mental Health Counselor hours. Please check this website or contact us at 207-621-2549 or to check for the status of LMHC CE accreditation.

Please contact NEIAS at if you have specific questions, or require assistance with an individual or retroactive request. Please check with your local state licensure or certification board about specific certification or licensure questions, or to ensure that your selected classes meet the requirements that you are working toward. Click here for New England state certification and licensure board contacts

Academic Credit

Many colleges and universities have approved the NESAS program for undergraduate credit as an independent study for students enrolled in their institutions. Check with your faculty advisor.

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